The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.” Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list — so, a book that tops a list at number one receives 10 points, and a book that graces the bottom, at number ten, receives 1 point. In introducing the lists, David Orr offers a litmus test for greatness:
Beautiful Leaf Bowls Made From Real Leaf Skeletons Ethereal bowls made from the skeletons of maple and other leaves are the latest addition to Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi’s impressive portfolio. While she is most famous for her labor-intensive loom works, Sekimachi creates these sylvan masterpieces by adding Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves, giving them solid form. Kay Sekimachi’s life has been defined by perseverance. Despite being born in California in 1926, she was held at the Topaz Relocation Center in Delta, UT, with other Japanese Americans during World War II. Sekimachi eventually graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1949. Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman Ricky Jackson (born 1957) and Wiley Bridgeman (born 1954) are two friends who were wrongfully convicted of murder in Ohio, United States in 1975. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, as of 2014 Jackson spent the longest time in incarceration among those who have been released on a wrongful conviction (39 years). Wiley Bridgeman originally received a death sentence, but it was commuted to life imprisonment. Jackson's death sentence was commuted in 1977 due to a mistake in jury instructions. Ronnie Bridgeman, Wiley's brother, was also convicted of assisting the other two. Charges Release
Day 16 – Creating life handbook Today is Day 16 of Live A Better Life in 30 Days Challenge. Day 16 is about creating a personal handbook – your manual, your life’s blueprint, your guiding point to live your best life. Life handbook is a term Celes created: “A life handbook, to put it simply, is your manual that contains anything and everything important in living your life, from your life purpose, adages, life learnings, long-term goals, short-term goals, strategies, plans, right down to your daily tasks. 18 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence Written by: Travis Bradberry, Author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 “Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.”
16 Non-Required Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Graduates High School If I could go back in time to high school, I’m not sure I could resist the urge to grab my teenage self by the shoulders and shake her. (Not that I’m so wise now but... ) Like pretty much anyone else, I made some questionable decisions in high school — and not just in the fashion arena. Actually, those super-loud floral Converse? I’d totally still wear them if they hadn’t died a tragic death by bleach.
35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials Advertisement By Jacob Gube With the recent post on retro and vintage in modern web design1, it’s time to put the theory into practice. We’ve scoured the Web to find some impressive Photoshop tutorials that can help you achieve an "old-fashioned" look-and-feel in your designs. In this post, we go back to the 1900’s all theway to the 1980’s to showcase a variety of vintage- and retro-inspired designs that involve poster art, collages and graphical elements. Whether you’re into print design or web design, you’ll find something you can use or build upon. Overly Sensitive, Highly Emotional, and Other Feminine Flaws That’s my (admittedly random) approximation of the number of times I’ve been called highly emotional or otherwise plastered with the overly sensitive label. Though I disagree with the qualifiers, I’m in unabashed agreement with the adjectives. For sure, I am both emotional and sensitive – traits that render me highly qualified to live, love, express, and explore as my authentic self. How about you?
11 Practices That Will Make You Instantly More Positive - Alycia Hall - Vancouver Life Coach and Coaching Services - Alycia Hall – Vancouver Life Coach and Coaching Services Feeling positive doesn’t have to be the result of your external circumstances. You can learn to cultivate positivity anytime as long as you’re committed to it. Here are 11 practices that will make you instantly more positive! 1. IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Face Turned Huge And The Guy I Was Seeing Ghosted, Among Other Disasters - xoJane Monday A faint pulsing wakes me, so soft it could be a dream. Resting -- nay, incubating -- behind my left ear is a small, tender lump of flesh. OECD – Your Better Life Index Average personal index for Germany, men, 15–24 How’s life? There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. Download executive summary Download the index data Learn more about the index